Senior Buyer
BLOOMINGTON, IN Operations
Job Type
Full-time
Description

The primary responsibility of the Senior Buyer will be to execute, develop and improve standard processes for each supplier as it relates to ongoing management of purchasing functions including procurement, supplier relations, transportation, and inventory management to meet customer expectations and to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction is maintained. This requires the ability to proactively identify issues and implement process improvements in material purchasing.

The Senior Buyer serves as a vital member of the manufacturing operations team reporting to the Materials Manager. This role is requires a high energy, self-motivated individual with a strong drive for results. Your manager will provide guidance and expectations while empowering you to use your analytical and technical skills to achieve high levels of self-directed performance.


Responsibilities:

  • Execution of the tactical buying processes used to manage a global supply chain with 60% LCC content, to ensure material supply that meets customer requirements.
  • Communication with suppliers, manufacturing, quality, and the commercial teams to ensure effective execution of the manufacturing plan, new production introduction, product phase out, and engineering change.
  • In partnership with Supply Chain, responsible for continuing programs of exploration for new materials, suppliers, and processes to achieve the best possible quality, reliability, prices, continuity, and delivery.
  • Integral Team Member supporting crisis management, defining root causes, and implement corrective actions.
  • Facilitate regular supplier status reviews to determine the status of purchase orders, outages, and identify obstacles impacting the plan.
  • Develop and implement processes that optimize inventory levels to ensure on-time delivery of requirements while minimizing carrying costs and premium transportation charges. 
  • Identify PPV and inventory opportunities through SC analysis (PFEP), develop projects for execution, and manage PPV projects as assigned.
  • Build strong strategic relationships with all levels of management.
  • Supports plant safety rules and safety observation process.
  • Attain targets and goals driving KPIs and assigned Plant Metric Targets. 
  • Enable business growth through reliable execution and consistent customer satisfaction.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 
Requirements

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in relevant discipline. Experience in lieu of bachelor’s degree may be considered. Continuing education activity beneficial.


Experience and/or Training: 5+ years’ experience in relevant roles.

  • Demonstrate initiative and self-starter with the ability to work effectively with minimal level of supervision.
  • Assertive with excellent communication and interpersonal skill including strong interpersonal communication skills, attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Creativity with strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Clear and concise verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to communicate and influence effectively cross-functionally and at all levels.
  • Proficient with the use of Excel spreadsheets, other Microsoft Office products, and working knowledge of ERP/MRP systems.
  • Schedule flexibility that allows for communication with an international supply base in Europe and China.  

Licenses/Certificates: APICS or similar certification or training, is a plus